1. Aloe vera is great for soothing burnt or irritated skin. The next time you hit the beach, plan ahead and put a tray of aloe vera extract and water in an ice-cube tray, freeze and place on your skin when you get home. Or keep a jar of soothing aloe vera cream or gel in your cooler-box to use at the beach. You can also mix apple cider vinegar and water in a spray canister – it’s a great spritz for sunburnt skin.
2. Turn your steering wheel up-side down until it locks when you park at the beach. The sun will heat the bottom of the wheel but the top will be protected so the drive home won’t be hellish on your hands.
3. A beach day isn’t a beach day until the top of someone’s flipflop has pulled free from the sole. Luckily the solution is simple: bread clips. Simply clip the tag under the thong after you’ve pulled it back through the opening. As it’s bigger than the hole it will keep the flip flopping all day.
4. Another common beach-day disaster is a blue-bottle sting. But there’s no need to cut the day short – or resort to the remedy of peeing on your pal! Instead, scrape off clinging tentacles with sand and seawater, then use vinegar or a paste of baking soda and sea-water to neutralise the sting. If all else fails, head to the nearest lifeguard tower for help.
5. Baby powder isn’t just for babies’ bums – it’s a beach-bag essential. Brushing dry sand off your skin after a day at the beach can be irritating on the skin and doesn’t necessarily remove the sand. Simply sprinkle a little powder on sandy areas, then brush off.
6. Tired of carrying mountains of sand back home with your kids’ buckets and spades? A mesh laundry bag is the perfect container for beach toys. The sand sifts through and stays where it belongs.
7. Sand and bugs getting into your juice? Turn a cupcake-liner upside down over the top of a cup, and make a little hole for your straw. Bottoms up!
8. Wash empty plastic peanut butter or mayonnaise jars and keep them to store your phone, keys and money while you’re at the beach so they don’t get full of sand.
9. Desperate for a sand-free space? Take a fitted sheet, turn it upside down and prop your bags into the four corners. The sides of the sheet will make little walls and keep the sand at bay.
10. Take a few uninflated balloons along to the beach – if you get water in your ears, simply blow up a balloon. The pressure created will help the liquid on its way.